Department of Health, Human Performance, Recreation
One Bear Place #97313
Waco, TX 76798-7313
The Baylor Laboratories for Exercise Science & Technology, the Exercise Biochemical Nutrition Laboratory, and the Athletic Training and Sports Medicine Laboratory are designed and equipped to provide our students with advanced academic training and practical experience in the exercise and health sciences. Our facilities provide an optimal environment for faculty and students to develop, test, and apply knowledge, skills, competencies, and to integrate their Christian worldview through service learning and research. The purposes of our laboratories are to:
Together, the Baylor Laboratories for Exercise Science & Technology (BLEST) and the Exercise Biochemical Nutrition Lab (EBNL) integrate four separate facilities that are housed in the Marrs-McLean Gymnasium (MMG). These laboratories provide a collaborative environment where our HHPR faculty and students can conduct several research studies simultaneously. These facilities also allow us to deliver the very best hands-on instruction to undergraduate and graduate students in our Exercise Physiology and Athletic Training programs as well as interested students from other programs across campus.
The BLEST includes three separate labs and over 3300 sq ft of functional space. The Cardiopulmonary Assessment and Health Appraisal Lab (MMG 127) is a 2000 sq ft, split-floor room.
The lab is equipped with a variety of exercise ergometers (e.g., treadmills, cycle ergometers, recumbent cycles, elliptical trainers, upper-body ergometers), Quinton® electrocardiography and stress-testing systems, MedGraphics™ automated open-loop spirometry, and the latest Parvo-Medics® respiratory gas analysis equipment. This equipment enables us to determine cardiorespiratory fitness and aerobic power; blood pressure, heart rate, electrocardiographic and other hemodynamic responses to exercise; pulmonary function at rest and during exertion; and, exercise energy expenditure using the latest technology. In addition, Biodex® and Neurocom® systems are used to assess functional strength, endurance, balance, and mobility.
The Resistance Testing and Training Lab (MMG 120) is a fully-equipped weight room with a variety of free weights and Cybex™, Body Masters™, and Nebula™ machines.
The resistance equipment provides us the ability to test muscular strength and endurance with single-and multi-joint exercises. Resistance training – as part of research and outreach activities - is conducted in this facility. This facility also serves as a place to introduce and develop specific instruction techniques for monitoring individualized resistance training interventions.
The Body Composition and Resting Energy Expenditure Lab (MMG 126) is equipped with a state-of-the-art Hologic™ dual x-ray absorptiometer (DXA) for estimating body composition and bone density.
Body composition may also be estimated using bioelectrical impedance and skin fold techniques. Two Parvo-Medics® respiratory gas analysis systems are dedicated to assessing resting energy expenditure. Together, the measurements of body composition and energy expenditure provide important information for formulating specific exercise interventions and monitoring weight loss programs.
The EBNL is set up to process, store, and analyze blood, urine, and muscle tissue samples collected in various studies. Additionally, the EBNL is equipped with a number of biochemistry analyzers that can assay muscle tissue and various substrates, hormones, and gene expression (e.g., spectrophotometers, automated plate reader, multi-plex bead array, automated electrophoresis, HPLC, real time PCR, automated hematology, gene microarray system, automated DNA sequencer/analyzer, etc). The EBNL has the capacity to conduct a vast array of biochemical and molecular biology techniques used in exercise physiology and nutrition research.
The HHPR faculty are dedicated to high-quality internally and/or externally funded research primarily on human participants. The majority of our research efforts are aimed at investigating the independent and combined effects of exercise and nutrition on health and human performance. HHPR faculty actively seek and have been highly effective in obtaining research grants from public and private entities to fund independent research studies on a variety of exercise, nutrient, supplement, and pharmaceutical interventions. HHPR faculty welcome collaborative research endeavors with private industry to sponsor university-based research studies on the safety and efficacy of their products.